24 Feb 2010

Blue Chip founder admits further charges

11:35 am on 24 February 2010

The founder of failed property investment company Blue Chip has entered guilty pleas through his lawyer to charges laid by the Economic Development Ministry.

The high-profile company collapsed in February 2008, leaving more than 2000 investors losing $84 million.

Mark Bryers' lawyer has entered guilty pleas to 31 charges of breaching the Companies Act and Financial Report Act at a hearing at the Auckland District Court on Tuesday.

The charges relate to failing to complete or sign off company accounts. Most carry a maximum penalty of $10,000, but two carry a maximum fine of $100,000.

Last year, Bryers admitted three charges relating to failed investments. He pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a notice to attend a creditor meeting, failing to attend watershed meetings and failing to keep adequate accounting records.

Thirty-eight charges were withdrawn. Disgruntled investors say they are disappointed at this and fear Bryers will get off too lightly.

Bryers will return from Sydney for sentencing in May.